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Sweet Home graduates are Black History trailblazers

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Sweet Home graduates are Black History trailblazers
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"7 EYEWITNESS NEWSIS CELEBRATINGBLACK HISTORY OVERTHE NEXT MONTH BYUNCOVERING UNSUNGSTORIES ACROSSWESTERN NEW YORK."TONIGHT, 7EYEWITNESS NEWSSENIOR REPORTEREILEEN BUCKLEYTAKES US TO SWEETHOME HIGH SCHOOL INAMHERST.... TO SHOWUS HOW THREEFORMER STUDENTSFORMED THESCHOOL'S FIRST-EVERBLACK HISTORYCELEBRATION...30-YEARS AGO THESESWEET HOME HIGHSCHOOL FRESHMENQUESTIONED WHYTHERE WAS NO BLACKHISTORY PROGRAM ATTHE SCHOOL...BUT TODAY ERICABOSWELL, WALTRICIASINGLETARY ANDDESIREE PARKER - ALLFROM AMHERST - CANPROUDLY WALK DOWNMEMORY LANE...TOREFLECT ON THEIRACHIEVEMENT.IN THE 1990'S - THEYWERE IN MINORITY...DESIREE PARKER."WHEN WE WEREHERE.THEREWEREN'T - THERE WASA VERY SMALLHANDFUL OF AFRICANAMERICAN STUDENTSTHAT WENT TO THESCHOOL IN GENERAL."==BUTT==WALTRICIASINGLETARY.

"MOST OFUS COME FROM BEINGIN THE HONOR SOCIETYPROGRAMS.WE'VEBEEN MUSICIANS ANDLEADERSHIPPROGRAMS."==BUTT==ERICA BOSWELL.

"I CANREMEMBER PEOPLEBEING SURPRISEDTHAT WE WERE GOODSTUDENTS."BOSWELL SAYS THEYASKED THE ASSISTANTPRINCIPAL IF THEYCOULD START A BLACKHISTORY PROGRAM...ERICA BOSWELL.

"HISRESPONSE - AT THETIME -WAS WELL WEDON'T CELEBRATEFRENCH HISTORYMONTH - WE DON'TCELEBRATE GERMANHISTORY MONTH."BUT THEN HE TOLDTHE STUDENTS THEYCOULD SEEK AFACULTY ADVISER ANDCREATE A PROPOSAL.ALL THREE SAY IT WASFORMER TEACHERAMY RAMSAY - NOWRETIRED - WHOBELIEVED IN THEM...WITH HER HELP - THEYFORMED SCHOOL'SFIRST BLACK HISTORYMONTHPROGRAM...AND ITCONTINUES TODAY...DR. KELLY LUCHEY."HERE AT SWEET HOME- IT'S LIKE A MELTINGPOT."DR. KELLY LUCHEYIS A CRISISCOUNSELOR AT THEHIGH SCHOOL.

SHESAYS SHE IS SOPROUD TO LEAD APROGRAM STARTEDBY THE FORMERSTUDENTS...."AND IT'S IMPORTANTTO SHOW OURSTUDENTS THAT IT'SNOT JUST ABOUTAFRICAN AMERICANSCELEBRATING -AFRICAN AMERICANHISTORY - -BUT IT'SCELEBRATINGAMERICAN HISTORY -AND LEARNING ABOUTTHE CONTRIBUTIONSTHAT AFRICANAMERICANS HAVEMADE TO OURCOUNTRY."BOSWELL,SINGLETARY ANDPARKER ALSOFORMED THESCHOOL'S FIRST-EVERDRILL TEAM...NOWKNOW AS THE 'STEP'TEAM...WE CAPTURED ASPECIAL MOMENTWITH THE CURRENTTEAM AS THEY METTHE WOMEN WHOCREATED IT 30-YEARSAGO...WHAT DOES IT MEANFOR YOUR LADIES TOSEE THESE LADIESTHAT STARTED IT A FEWDECADES AGO??IT'S JUST LIKE ALEGACY BASICALLY -LIKE A FAMILY REUNION- LOW KEY."THREE WOMEN.

NWITH THEIR OWNBLACK HISTORYLEGACY.IN AMHERST, EILEENBUCKLEY 7- EWN.




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